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Lorenza Böttner: Requiem for the Norm

Figure of Lorenza Böttner in pink leotard against a black background.

Works by:

Lorenza Böttner

lorenza against a black and white self-portrait
Lorenza with red hair with her head turned to the left
Lorenza Bottner cradling a baby

Lorenza Böttner:
Requiem for the Norm

January 25–March 21, 2020

Curated by Paul B. Preciado

Presented in collaboration with Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart and La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona

University of Toronto Art Centre

Please contact Art Museum staff at artmuseum@utoronto.ca for wheelchair accessibility requests to Lorenza Böttner: Requiem for the Norm at the University of Toronto Art Centre. Listening to Snow: Works by Michael Snow at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery is wheelchair accessible. 

Lorenza Böttner: Requiem for the Norm is the first North American presentation of the work of Chilean/German artist Lorenza Böttner. Born Ernst Lorenz Böttner in Chile in 1959, at eight he lost both his arms in an accident. Institutionalized in Germany, where he moved with his mother for treatment, he rejected prosthetics intended to compensate for his supposed disability. In art school, he started identifying as female and assumed the name Lorenza. Although her career spanned just sixteen years, Lorenza Böttner created over 200 individual works, painting with her feet and mouth and using dance, photography, street performance, drawing, and installation to celebrate the complexity of embodiment and gender expression. Casting herself as a ballerina, a mother, a young man with glass arms, a Greek statue, Böttner’s work is irreverent and hedonistic, filled with the artist’s joy in her own body.

Exhibition Resources

Press Release
Exhibition Brochure
Large Format Text

Opening Reception

Saturday, January 25, 5-7pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Extended exhibition hours from 7pm-12am at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre for the Night of Ideas.

Drop-In Guided Tours

Tuesdays at 2pm beginning January 28, 2020
Meet at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. The production of the exhibition was funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Germany, with additional project support from the Goethe-Institut Toronto.

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